Not every beer drinker decides to venture into brewing their own beer, but homebrewing has consistently been a part of the craft beer community. In the past, it allowed drinkers access to styles and taste profiles not available to them. Today, beer drinkers can become more informed about the process and thus the product on which they spend money. Because of the hobby’s place within the industry, Kentucky Growler believes the homebrewers in our Commonwealth deserve a spotlight.
Tim Meehan seems to have an affinity for wheat beers.
Since he bravely added a vanilla bean tincture to a Brown Ale kit in 2013, Tim Meehan has been brewing his own recipes. That first kit was an attempt at something close to Country Boy‘s Shotgun Wedding and Tim was happy enough with the result to keep at it.
As a beer drinker, Tim enjoys beers like Anderson Valley’s The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose and Three Floyd’s Gumball Head. That preference translated to what beers he brews. He won Gold at the Bluegrass Cup with his American Wheat made with Sorachi Ace hops. Tim also had one of his wheat beers on tap at Mirror Twin in 2017 named Pegasus Boots which was an American Wheat with Grapefruit.
Tim has had other recipes brewed at Blue Stallion Brewing as part of Test Batch Tuesday. His beers at Blue Stallion certainly pushed the limits of experimental recipes. His Donut Plains was a cream ale with Coffee, Donuts, Cinnamon, and Vanilla. That beer also had a chocolate and a scorpion pepper variant. This year during Lexington Craft Beer week, he had a hand in a Black Currant Graf (cider and beer hybrid) and a Sour Lager during the Craft Beer Week Test Batch Tuesday event.
On his home setup, Tim brews in a “keggle” (beer keg converted into a brew kettle) and does five gallon batches with the brew in a bag method. With that equipment, he once completed a Russian Imperial Stout as part of the B.O.C.K. club bourbon barrel fill. That barrel-aged beer was Tim’s most challenging brew as he had to do a double mash due to the large mashing volume. But he said his volume and gravity came out on target which was encouraging regarding his process.
While not brewing, Tim is a PC gamer and watches Sci-Fi and Fantasy movies and television. He recently took on the challenge of watching all of the Star Trek franchise.
Tim encourages anyone curious about brewing to get a kit put together by a homebrew supplier because it allowed him to focus on sanitization and the methods.
Kentucky Growler will periodically feature homebrewer profiles. If you wish to tell us about your journey in brewing, please send an email to Patrick@KentuckyGrowler.com with the subject “Homebrewer Spotlight.”